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Shepherd honors outstanding faculty members

By Staff | Jun 4, 2011

Four Shepherd faculty members were awarded the Outstanding Faculty medals in Teaching, Research, Service and Advising during Shepherd University’s McMurran Scholars convocation Friday, April 29. The awards were presented by Dean Laura Renninger and President Suzanne Shipley.

The 2011 winners of the Shepherd University Outstanding Faculty Awards included Rebecca Mercado, assistant professor of education; Joseph Robbins, assistant professor of political science; Gordon DeMeritt, department chair and associate professor of business administration; and Carol Plautz, assistant professor of biology.

The Outstanding Service Award was given to Mercado, for her exceptional dedication to the value of learning through service and creative outreach initiatives on campus and throughout the community at large.

The Outstanding Scholar Award was given to Robbins, for his exemplary commitment to scholarly pursuits such as research publications, presentations, grants and creative activities.

The Outstanding Advisor Award was given to DeMeritt, for demonstrating that advisee retention and success are linked directly with advisor support, guidance, and exemplary knowledge of campus resources.

The Outstanding Teacher Award was given to Plautz, for her willingness to explore new teaching and learning initiatives (i.e., learning communities, research mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities), strong student support as evidenced by evaluation critiques, and overall excellence in all aspects of the profession.

Winners of the four awards received a special medal and their name was added to the Outstanding Faculty Awards plaque on display in the Dr. Howard N. Carper, Jr. Learning Commons in the Scarborough Library of Shepherd. They also received a $500 professional development stipend from Richard Helldobler, vice president for academic affairs.